Officials reaffirm family-friendly Utah Compact on immigration. LDS Church still backs it but again doesn’t sign it. – Salt Lake Tribune

Nearly a decade ago, when Utah immigration arguments grew vitriolic, a group of religious, civic and business leaders signed the Utah Compact. The document sought to cool debate by emphasizing humane treatment of immigrants, keeping families together and focusing deportation on serious criminals — an approach numerous other states later copied. Immigration debates remain bitter, so the same groups gathered Thursday to sign the compact again to reaffirm that its principles could calmly help find solutions amid hot debates on everything from a wall along the Mexico border to immigrant detainment and whether immigrants who arrived as children should be ...

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